If you happen to be going to Washington DC (my home town) in the next month, until May 15, then head on over to 1030 17th Street NW to participate in Carpe Librum.
This event was brought to my attention by Robin Crowell, who is the Operations Coordinator for Turning the Page, a DC-based Non-profit. Here is what she says:
Turning the Page works with DC pubic school parents to help them become more active and effective participants in their children’s education. Every spring we hold a large, month long book sale, called Carpe Librum, at a downtown DC location to help fund our year-long programs. This year will be Turning the Page’s 12th annual Carpe Librum and we expect to have over 50,000 books on sale (as well as CDs and DVDs).
Here is an opportunity to buy good books at great prices (most items priced at 1 to 4 dollars) or donate used books for us to sell.
For those of you who would like to have the pleasure of hefting your novel in your hand as a codex of weight, extension and form, but don’t want to get sucked into the clanking machinery of big publishing conglomerates, Indies presses are the way to go. You might be surprised by how many of them there are. Because of the nature of the business, Indie presses tend to be niche enterprises. Some only publish poetry. Some want short stories or novellas. But there are some that do novels.
If you have written a novel that is set in a particular geographic region, you might want to consider contacting an Indie press in that region, because Indie presses like to cultivate local authors. For example, when I mentioned that my second novel HE MUST BE SOMEONE is set in Georgetown, Washington D. C., Ed Perlman, the owner of Entasis Press which is based in Washington D. C., visibly brightened.
You might wonder what is going to happen to Indie presses in light of recent turmoil in the publishing industry. I mean, aren’t books going the way of the dodo? And doesn’t that mean that their days are numbered? Not according to the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) whose annual conference I attended at the beginning of February. Several small presses showed interest in digital apps such as Ampersand that display poetry on digital readers with the correct line breaks.
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–Cynthia Haggard writes novels. She is currently seeking representation for HE MUST BE SOMEONE, a novel about identity, forbidden love and family secrets. For more on her creative writing, go to spunstories. (c) 2011. All rights reserved.